Sunbasket Trio

Sunbasket Trio


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This special three-pack contains the 2016 Helios Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 2016 Corison Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2017 Helios Sunbasket Vineyard Syrah. A veritable gravel pit (70% gravel!), this well-drained vineyard produces wines with bright red fruit and refreshing minerality.  We hope you enjoy this taste of Sunbasket!   Click here to listen to Cathy talk about Sunbasket Vineyard.

2016 was a nearly perfect growing season with early heat in April to get the vines going, then moderate weather in July and a very cool August. Uncommonly cool nights promoted inky color and good natural acidity. A gentle late heat spell in September brought in the grapes in ideal condition.

The 2016 Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon aromas jump out of the glass, including wildly complex Luxardo cherry, black raspberry, plums, blueberries and baking spices. Grace-notes include violet perfume and star anise. Rich and full in the mouth, the velvety but grippy tannins and bright natural acidity give it structure. Characteristic minerality completes the tasty package.

2016 Helios Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Franc is very pretty. Expressive aromas of dried flowers and pencil lead minerality complement raspberry and tart cherry fruit. Darker notes of cassis and anise chime in and vibrant natural acidity keeps it lively.

With classically inky color and rose petal and violet perfume, the 2017 Helios Sunbasket Vineyard Syrah wine is big but light on its feet. Baking spices, olives and hints of peppermint join juicy black raspberry, black cherry and cassis fruit. The gravelly soils in Sunbasket promoted a mineral verve. French oak barrels contributed a smoky note.Cathy Corison


2016 Corison Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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  Cathy Corison's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Sunbasket Vineyard is just fabulous. Dense, powerful and beautifully layered in the glass, this sumptuous Cabernet fills a very nice middle spot in the Corison range, as it is quite succulent and yet also far more approachable than the Kronos. Soft, curvy contours add to a sense of immediacy and sheer allure. Open-knit and expressive, with all of the radiance that gives this site its name, the 2016 Sunbasket is outrageously delicious, even in the early going.Antonio Galloni, Dec 2018View from the Cellar
The 2016 Sunbasket Vineyard bottling of cabernet sauvignon from Cathy Corison is just a touch riper than the estate bottling, but still very civilized at 13.4 percent alcohol, and it too is an absolute cellar treasure in the making. The wine is a bit sappier on the nose than the estate bottling (as one would expect from a vineyard named Sunbasket), offering up a superb bouquet of black raspberries, black cherries, a hint of allspice, cigar smoke, tobacco leaf, an excellent base of soil tones and a discreet framing of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full- bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with ripe, well-integrated tannins, great focus and grip and a very long, nascently complex and promising finish. This will probably drink a few years sooner than the 2016 estate bottling, but should age just as long and gracefully and it will be for future generations to decide which bottling they like better thirty or forty years down the road!John Gilman, July-August 2019, Issue #82Wine & Spirits Magazine
Top US Cabernet of 2019
  This cabernet is cool enough to sustain its herbal character, even as it’s saturated with dark fruit and meaty enough to stand in the company of its Napa Valley neighbors. The herbal side comes across in notes of fennel, tumbling through the juicy, gravelly texture, bringing to mind a match with grilled fennel sausages. This is the third vintage of Sunbasket, a vineyard just north of Cathy Corison’s winery on the west of side Highway 29, where she sourced fruit for three decades before purchasing it in 2014.(10/19)Wine Spectator
  Steeped black currant and blackberry fruit holds the upper hand throughout, while mocha, melted black licorice and tobacco notes fill in. This is on the riper side, but there's an inner freshness due to well-embedded, juicy acidity. Drink now through 2035. 250 cases made.JM, December 20192016 Helios Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Franc

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  The 2016 Cabernet Franc Sunbasket Vineyard is a gorgeous wine that captures all the radiance of this site on the southern edge of St. Helena. Aromatically expressive and wonderfully nuanced, the 2016 has so much to offer. Mocha, dried flowers and mint add perfume to this elegant, wonderfully polished Cabernet Franc from Cathy Corison. The 2016 is simply stunning.Antonio Galloni, Dec 2018View from the Cellar
  The 2016 Cabernet Franc “Helios” bottling from Cathy Corison from her Sunbasket Vineyard is really good this year, coming in at 13.6 percent octane and offering up glorious purity and precision in its aromatic constellation of sweet dark berries, tobacco leaf, a fine base of soil tones, cigar ash, a dollop of menthol, a dash of cedar and a beautiful floral topnote redolent of both lavender and violets. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very, very elegant in profile, with lovely depth at the core, ripe, seamless tannins, good acids and outstanding focus and grip on the long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. This is a stunning wine. John Gilman, July-August 2019, Issue #82Wine & Spirits Magazine
Top 100 Best Wines of 2019
93  For three decades, Cathy Corison consistently relied on Sunbasket, a vineyard just to the north of her winery, for part of her St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon. When she purchased the site in 2014, she began to bottle the fruit as a vineyard designate. In 2016, the franc from Sunbasket has the kind of clarity and earthy detail that the variety rarely delivers in Napa Valley. While the flavors are rich and fully saturated, the wine feels relatively light as it opens and the tannins yield their cool, herbal complexities. Decant this if you open it now, to serve with seared duck breast.(10/19)